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Mental health care

EDM (Early Day Motion) 459: tabled on 20 September 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 10 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House believes there is a crisis of mental health problems in our country today; expresses its concern that the covid-19 outbreak has had a hugely detrimental impact on people’s mental health, which is likely to lead to increased pressure on mental health services in the coming months and years; notes that there has been a 16 per cent increase in suicide since 2010; further notes that there are 2,120 fewer mental health nurses in England today than there were in 2010, 5,212 fewer mental health beds and that 695 people a month are having to travel outside of their area to access mental health services; acknowledges that these cuts have hit the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber particularly hard with a loss of a quarter of mental health beds since 2010, which has resulted in 150 people a month having to travel out of the area to receive treatment; recognises that the demand for mental health services currently far exceeds the provisions available; further believes that it is totally unacceptable that people who are struggling with mental health problems are unable to access the help they need; and demands that the Government immediately makes more funding available for mental health services.